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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Mid May-Aug

Forewing: 10-12mm

Foodplant: Knotgrass, dandelion and chickweed.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded196619881966
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records549601218
Number of individuals995712132
Unique positions1069230
Unique locations919200
Adult records533601186
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1218 records from 200 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1966.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species occurring widely across southern Britain but more local further north, the polyphagous larva feeding on the withered or mouldy leaves of herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is very common on Portland. Inland it is frequent in deciduous woodland and least often seen on sandy soils. The national norm is a first brood in June and July, followed by a partial second brood in late August and early September. However, in Dorset, univoltine and bivoltine cycles are suggested by the data.

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